March 27, 2013
What is your life intention?
I recently had the pleasure of listening to Dr. John Piper speak at my church here in Raleigh. He spoke on his personal mission ("I exist to spread a passion for the supremecy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples through Jesus Christ") as well as the mission of the Summit church, which is to plant 1,000 churches in 40 years.
I left that day thinking about my mission. My ultimate goal, the meaning of my life. And thus far, a vague, typical church-y speak "share the gospel" hasn't been cutting it for me. I am more successful with a clear vision or intention. I set a mission statement for my blog and having a decided statement to frame what decisions I make has made it easier for me to 1. make them and 2. make wise ones. Since I've see the importance of an intention for my blog, I brought that idea into my own life.
Christian or not, I think it's valuable to have a focus in our lives. A goal. A purpose. And I really do believe that fulfilling that purpose, whatever it may be, is rewarding to our souls.
I want to begin mine like Piper's, with the phrase "I exist". Because otherwise, words like "should" or "will focus on" take away from it being the ultimate goal. "I exist to. . ."leaves no room for misunderstanding or excuses.
So I looked to my bible, which is the primary resource of guidance, focus, and intention for my life. I've been studying 2 Timothy with an amazing group of women, and I have learned so much. From an assortment of verses in that book, I've developed an intention for this time in my life. This may change as I enter new seasons, but for now, this is something that sets me in, what I think, is the right direction.
I exist to make evident the work of God in my life, and to tell others about His unchanging love.
So through this time of infertility, as well as this time of enjoyment in my career. Through living near my sister, and having the freedom to travel. In struggling with boundaries and time management, and joy in meeting so many wonderful new friends-- I exist not only to experience those things for myself, but to show the work of God in my life, and to tell others about His unchanging love.
Have you thought about a mission, or intention for your life?